Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor will most certainly want articles and pictures taken of her at last years ploughing championships to be most definitely sent once again to all Tipperary rural newspapers, after the announcement yesterday of over 200 job losses in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Here once again she is being slammed over her complete failure to create even one job in rural Tipperary.
[Remember this is the same “Minister for Jobs Lady” who suggested that tax incentives be given to Irish people who ran out of this country to find employment; in an effort to encourage them to return home. If you are from Tipperary and are reasonably happy abroad, stay where you are folks, there is certainly nothing on the employment front for you in rural Tipperary. Watch ‘Leaders Questions’; sure even our TD’s are failing to turn up for work in Dáil Éireann at present.]
As Independent.ie made us aware, the Jobs Minister instructed her advisers, on September 22nd 2016 last, by email at 5.39am, sending them the first paragraph of a story that appeared in our own Tipperary Star newspaper.
Photo Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor, courtesy Independent.ie
To quote Independent.ie “It stated that Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill slammed the minister for continuing to allow a two-tier Ireland take hold.
He quoted jobs figures from the previous government, saying almost half of IDA-supported jobs were in the greater Dublin area.
Four minutes after sending her first email, Ms Mitchell O’Connor wrote to her advisers: “I want Op-Eds [comment articles] going into local papers all over country.” She added: “Get a pic of me at ploughing and with Kerrygold. Agri food, artisan food and farming will need to be referenced.”
A spokeswoman for the minister last night said that “following further discussion” it was decided that all communications with regional newspapers “would be done around the regional action plan for jobs”.
On a previous occasion, Ms Mitchell O’Connor sent her advisers a link to an RTÉ story headlined “Minister criticised over Roche job losses”. The job losses were in Clare, Fine Gael TD Joe Carey’s constituency, and he called on the minister to travel to the company’s HQ in Switzerland to try to save the jobs. Ms Mitchell O’Connor asked her advisers to get her contact details for the pharmaceutical firm’s boss in Co Clare and to get an update from the IDA on replacing the facility.
She also asked: “What about a trip to Swiss HQ?”
A spokeswoman confirmed that the minister didn’t travel to Switzerland as it became clear that Roche’s decision was final and such a trip “would not have changed the outcome”. She said last night that: “All regions have seen an increase in employment.”
No Minister O’Connor, “All regions have not seen an increase in employment.”
Where are the jobs promised prior to the last General Election, held on 26th February 2016?
We can confirm that the 1,432 jobs announced, highlighted and published in mid to late 2015, by former Tipperary Labour Minister Mr Alan Kelly, (700 for Nth Tipp. & 692 for Sth Tipp.), same promised employment prospects have not as yet materialised in 2017.
Local Moycarkey / Borris correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe reports on Vera Twomey’s protest walk through Co. Tipperary :-
“Our parish of Moycarkey / Borris, on Thursday last, welcomed M/s Vera Twomey. Here she was met with open arms by a number of parish people, representing the feelings of the local community, to demonstrate full support for her on her journey.
Vera, as everyone knows, is walking from Cork to Dublin to meet Fine Gael TD and Minister for Health, (since May 2016), Mr Simon Harris; seeking medical support for her beautiful, six year old daughter Ava. Ava who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called ‘Dravets Syndrome’, latter a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy (dysfunction of the brain) which today remains drug resistant. At present little Ava is experiencing up to 40 seizures a day, resulting in her family living in continued desperation; with medicinal cannabis oil the only known possible help available.
In her efforts to highlight Ava’s condition and persuade the Minister for Health to sign off on the use of ‘Medicinal Cannabis Oil’, Vera continued her epic walk from Cork, through Cashel on Thursday to Littleton, with a large number of locals who walked in solidarity with her. On Friday morning she was in Littleton national school and was given a guard of honour by school kids and parents, seeing her off on the next leg of her journey to Johnstown.
After a very emotional and empowering speech given by School Principal Mr Christy Clancy; 5th and 6th class walked with Vera, Brian & Gino, in horrific weather conditions, to the end of the bicycle path, where they again wished her well on her journey. In a show of further solidarity, Vera continued to be accompanied by a large number of parishioners on foot, walking to beyond Mary Willie’s pub at Longford Pass, Thurles, Co. Tipperary along the R639 route.”
Mr Bowe reports that he found Vera Twomey a very humble but determined lady, who instantly clicked with everyone she met; while showing immeasurable gratitude. Hopefully Vera will get the result she needs to bring home to Cork and to Ava, on Tuesday next.
All support shown for Ava and Vera is greatly appreciated and all details, petitions etc., can be found here by clicking on her Facebook.
A ‘Fable’, as every parent is aware, is a short story which helps illustrate particular morals to younger children. These stories, tales or parables are often humorous and entertaining for children of all ages, but also bear a strong message in their simple narrative.
The unpublished ‘Fable’ recently unearthed in Co. Tipperary
Dáil Éireann any given Friday.
“The weathermen at Dáil Éireann had assured our five elected Tipperary politicians that there was no chance of any rain falling over the coming weekend. So Matt, Al, Mick, Sham & Jacksie decided to take a well earned break, at the tax payers expense. They were to stay secretly at the €52.2 million Irish government purchased & refurbished, 78 acre, Irish State guest house, situated at Farmleigh, near Castleknock, Co Dublin.,
Although vulture fund free, it had been rumoured that the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA or Triple A) could quickly hand over this building to Dublin’s homeless, should they get their way, so this once in a lifetime weekend away opportunity was not to be missed.
Working their 3 day Dáil week, with no large funeral attendances expected in Co. Tipperary, which they needed to be spotted at; their intention was to go fly fishing on the estates boat lake, from Friday evening to Monday evening inclusive.
While checking their suit cases into the Steward’s Lodge, located in the grounds of Farmleigh, they met the chief gardener with his donkey. Upon seeing the Tipperary elected reps, the gardener, with bowed head and cap in hand, warned, “Distinguished Gentlemen, you should return to the guest house at once, for in just a short time I expect a huge deluge of rain to fall, mainly in this area”.
The politicians immediately shook hands with the simple gardener, but having considered his advice replied, “We hold the Dáil Éireann meteorologist service in high regard. Basically, unlike ourselves, they are extensively educated and an experienced group of true professionals. Besides, we pay them very high wages, and therefore it is only right that we place our trust in them and continue on to our fishing location”.
Ignoring the gardener, the politicians continued on their way, but alas sure enough within a short time later, torrential rain fell from the heavens, soaking our five elected representatives to the skin. Furious, the Tipp politicians returned to Dáil Éireann the following Tuesday morning and following a full independent enquiry, by the head of RTE, they ruled that all professional weathermen in the Lower House and principal chamber of the the Oireachtas (The Irish Legislature) be immediately fired with full pension entitlements.
Then they summoned the Farmleigh gardener and offered him the prestigious and high paying post of ‘Dáil Éireann Forecaster’. The simple gardener said “Sirs, you who wield such magnificent power over our country, I do not know anything about weather forecasting. I simply obtain my information from my dumb old donkey. If I see my donkey’s ears drooping, it means with certainty that torrential rain will fall within the hour”.
So following the passing of a Clerical Officer Public Jobs assessment by the gardener and his donkey, the Tipperary politicians went on to hire both, on high pensionable wages.
So thus began the continuing practice of hiring unsackable ‘Dumb Asses and Consultants’ to work in Dáil Éireann; and the further practise of paying outrageous salaries to those who occupy the highest and most influential positions in that esteemed pile of stones which houses our countries elected reps.”
Hopefully this practice will continue to remain unbroken well into our countries immediate future.
December 2016 figures, shown hereunder and supplied by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 11,521 people claiming social welfare benefits, of some kind, in Co Tipperary last month.
Live Register figures supplied below are categorised by ‘All Ages’, ‘Both Sexes’, ‘Social Welfare Office’ and ‘Month’ and when December 2016 figures are compared with the previous month November 2016, same show an increase in claimants of 330 persons for County Tipperary as a whole.
More depressing was the fact that the numbers signing-on increased at every single Social Welfare office in Co. Tipperary last month; the highest increase of 80 extra claimants being located in the Thurles Social Welfare Office area.
Of the 1,432 jobs announced/promised by former outgoing Government Tipperary Labour Minister Alan Kelly and Fine Gael, (700 for Nth Tipp & 692 for Sth Tipp – Total Jobs in all 1392), prior to the last General Election (February 26th, 2016) in what appears to have been a vote gathering exercise; not one single promised job has as yet materialised either North or South of the county.
Politicians representing all political parties in Co. Tipperary have spent their time being “Photographed with successful so called celebrities” (since agreeing a minority government on May 6th 2016), attempting to highlight their profiles by “Calling for” or “Welcoming” the crumbs offered by other government Ministers, to each and every other dog in this Irish State.
Co. Tipperary elected representatives from all political parties must now come together under one single umbrella; to find real solutions for our current poorly represented and grossly neglected county.
No more “Celebrity Photographs”, “Calling For the impossible” or “Welcoming the efforts of other Ministerial politicians”; the alternative for failure by these same Tipperary elected representatives in carrying, to fruition, promises made to constituents, must surely come in the form of immediate resignations.
There are others suitably qualified and approachable to represent the Premier County and no shame in you, our elected representative, honestly admitting you are unable to undertake the task of guiding our county through our current financial difficulties.
“He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.” – Proverbs 28:27.
During the current year, 2016, we celebrated the one hundred year of our struggle for Irish independence, with at least some €22 million, minimum, in taxpayer funding, spent in various ways, but mainly in the areas, both in and around, Sackville Street, today better known as O’Connell Street; Dublin’s main thoroughfare.
Travelling through Dublin in recent weeks, one could not help but notice the number of homeless people begging and sleeping rough in the streets of this same city. By sleeping rough I mean men and women of all ages sleeping or bedded down in the freezing open air, seeking refuge in filthy doorways, parks and bus shelters; people sleeping in buildings or other places not designed for human habitation e.g. car parks, living what now appears to be the socially acceptable “Plastic Bag” and “Wet Cardboard” lifestyle.
A headcount taken in our Capital’s city centre area recently found 168 people were sleeping rough with this figure not including some 60 people sharing a floor in the Merchant’s Quay Night Cafe and an unknown number of persons bedded down, hidden from immediate sight in the 1752 acres of the Phoenix Park, latter containing ‘Áras an Uachtaráin’, the residence currently occupied by the head of State and President of our ‘Emerald Green Island’.
Now towards the end of 2016, following our 100 year commemorations / celebrations; call them what you will; it would appear our current minority Fine Gael government have failed dismally to adhere to the very ideals of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. Where now in 2016 are spoken the words of Collins; quote; “For the future, we must not have the destitution of poverty at one end, and at the other, an excess of riches”?
So also our rapidly diminishing so called Irish Labour Party, which propped up the outgoing Fine Gael government over the previous 5 years. They too, in their greed for power, have overlooked the accurate prophesy in the words spoken by their once executed associate James Connolly, quote: “If you remove the English army tomorrow, unless you set about the organisation of a Socialist Republic, she will still continue to rule you through her Capitalists, through her Landlords, through her Financiers“.
Current statements like “no person will be on the streets unless they want to be” are no longer acceptable from those who were elected to rule over us. When will the practice of allowing those refusing shelter; sleeping on mattresses of wet cardboard; wrapped in discarded plastic bags, cease? I say this in the knowledge of the problems within homeless shelters, due to individuals having complex drink and drug related struggles. Accept it; people lying in doorways do not feel safe in sheltered accommodation, while forced to sleep, wearing footwear on their feet; in the sure and certain knowledge if they do not, their shoes, together with other meagre possessions, will be stolen by morning.
What would it cost our government, (who knowingly amongst other unnecessary spending, used an estimated €27 million of taxpayers money, on a postal code system, namely Eircode, which possibly will never be wholly used), to provide one warm coat, a pair of stout shoes and a one-person tent that can be compressed into a portable bag (See picture above), to a mere couple of hundred rough sleepers at most?
If we see ourselves as Christians, surly it is time to examine and act immediately on the urgent and very basic needs of a few people who, for whatever reason, choose to sleep rough in conditions, (dare I say unfit for an animal), exposing themselves to the current freezing winter conditions, being experienced over recent weeks, on the streets of our cities.
“Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” – St. Luke 12:15